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The U.S. Coast Guard and Navy are searching for two fishermen who never came home

A Coast Guard HC-130 Hercules airplane along with other Navy and Coast Guard assets are being used to search for two lost fisherman off the coast of Florida.

CORINNE ZILNICKI/U.S. COAST GUARD

By HOWARD COHEN | The Miami Herald | Published: August 17, 2019

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (Tribune News Service) — Boaters Brian McCluney and Justin Walker launched from the 300 Christopher Columbus boat ramp in Jacksonville near Port Canaveral Friday. They were in a 24-foot center console heading toward “8A” reef on a fishing trip.

The two men haven’t been seen since, the Coast Guard’s command center in Jacksonville said.

On Saturday, the Coast Guard and crews from the Navy and Brevard County Sheriff’s Office began searching for the two overdue boaters.

Coast Guard Station Port Canaveral watchstanders were notified by a family member that the boaters had not returned as expected Friday evening.

The Coast Guard is using a 45-foot Response Boat-Medium from Station Canaveral, an HC-130 Hercules search plane from Air Station Clearwater and the Coast Guard Cutter Ridley, an 87-foot Patrol Boat to conduct searches.

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